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Science Scouts: Boy Scouts try their hand at chemistry experiments at jamboree

by Sophie L. Rovner
July 25, 2013 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 91, ISSUE 30

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More than 2,000 Boy Scouts worked on their chemistry merit badges during the July 15–24 National Scout Jamboree near Mount Hope, W.Va. American Chemical Society members and other volunteers engaged the scouts through hands-on demonstrations and devices, including a Soxhlet extraction (shown left, behind a shield), production of super-sized “elephant toothpaste” (right), and super­hydrophobic tiles.

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